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The Greatest Gift (CAPTIONED)

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Message based on Hebrews, Chapter 10, Verses 5-10. Text from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Let us rise for this morning's sermon text recorded for us in the Letter to the Hebrews where we read from Chapter 10, beginning with Verse 5 ... THEREFORE, WHEN CHRIST CAME INTO THE WORLD, HE SAID: "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU DID NOT DESIRE, BUT A BODY YOU PREPARED FOR ME; WITH BURNT OFFERINGS AND SIN OFFERINGS YOU WERE NOT PLEASED. THEN I SAID, 'HERE I AM - IT IS WRITTEN ABOUT ME IN THE SCROLL - I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'" FIRST HE SAID, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS, BURNT OFFERINGS AND SIN OFFERINGS YOU DID NOT DESIRE, NOR WERE YOU PLEASED WITH THEM" (ALTHOUGH THE LAW REQUIRED THEM TO BE MADE). THEN HE SAID, "HERE I AM, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." HE SETS ASIDE THE FIRST TO ESTABLISH THE SECOND. AND BY THAT WILL, WE HAVE BEEN MADE HOLY THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE FOR ALL. This is the Word of our Lord; let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only Source of Hope and Comfort. Amen. Pastor Dave motions for the congregation to be seated. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Religion truly covers all aspects of a believer's life. Or at least that would be the goal of faith. The desire of the Lord who is the One who wants to have first and foremost prominence in the believer's heart and in his life. If we look at the Old Testament for a moment, we see how the Old Testament believer ... His entire life was governed and guided by his religion. By the faith that he professed. Even everything that he ate, had been directed by God. There were sacrifices that continually HAD to be made for sin. There were laws of cleanliness and uncleanliness. There were festivals that needed to be celebrated with the first-fruits of the offering that came to the Temple of the Lord. That house where God had placed His Name on earth was the center and the focus of everyday life for the Old Testament believer. The Law and all its requirements were the driving force of the believer's life and they consumed each and every minute of what they had to do. And yet, in the Letter to the Hebrews, we hear this morning that there WERE those sacrifices, there WERE those burnt offerings, there WERE those sin offerings. They were required each and every day ... for the sins of the people. But God had a different plan in mind. God had a greater plan in mind to remove people's sins once and for all. To send the great High Priest into this world, who would sacrifice Himself, for the sins of the world. It WAS the Father's plan, that the Son would come, the Messiah would come in the flesh ... born of a woman ... born under Law. To do His will and to accomplish the forgiveness of sins by His sacrifice once and for all. And we see the beauty of God's plan played out in Scripture. We see how those Old Testament believers longed for God to accomplish His will. We heard the prophet Micah this morning proclaiming to God's people, that that Messiah was going to come. That that Messiah was going to come out of the city of Bethlehem, the smallest of God's clans. That He was going to be a great King. He was going to shepherd His people ... with love, and with justice. That God was going to send that Christ into the world. And Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father's will. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. And the joy that Mary felt we heard about in our Gospel lesson for this morning. She realized that God was accomplishing His salvation. He was bringing peace and forgiveness to ALL people ... to ALL generations. They would KNOW that HER son would be the Savior of the world. But that was accomplished because God's eternal Son, who from the very beginning of our existence ... even before ... as He sat with the rest of the persons of the God-head and discussed how They would create a universe. By the power of the Word, it was created. And Jesus was there when light burst forth out of that darkness. Throughout the Old Testament history, we see Jesus coming again and again described as the Angel of the Lord to those people who needed to be comforted. That God was going to CONTINUE to keep His promise. The promise that He made to Adam and Eve. The promise that He made to Noah. The promise that He made to Abraham and all of the other patriarchs. That through one of their seed, all nations on earth would be blessed. And God's Son ... the Eternal ... Almighty ... All-powerful God, humbled Himself by taking on ... human ... form. By coming as one of us. It just boggles our mind to begin to understand that! But we know that that was God the Father's will. Jesus Himself said: Here is My body; I am prepared to do Your will and He came into this world to accomplish what God the Father had promised. He obeyed that Law perfectly that God had set up. He KEPT ALL of God's commands. He carried out those sacrifices Himself, He did everything that was REQUIRED according to the Law. And He did it with a heart that was filled with devotion, and love. NOT out of obligation or some sense of duty. Or even some sense of self-righteousness. He did what the Father sent Him to do ... which was sacrifice Himself for the sins of all people. He DID what the Father desired of Him and as His children, as His brothers and sisters, we also will do the same. We know the JOY that WE have in OUR salvation and with Mary we want to proclaim the praises of God in our lives. And we do that by submitting to what the Father asks of us by willingly placing ourselves under His care, in His protection, and doing His will. By carrying it out, with hearts that are devoted to Him, who WANT to be His children, who WANT to live our lives in that life of faith that is pleasing to Him because we KNOW what the sacrifice was. Our sinful nature says we shouldn't deny ourselves anything. If we WANT it, we should go after it, we should GET it, and we don't care HOW we do it. Because it's ALL ABOUT ME and it's ALL ABOUT WHAT I WANT and I don't HAVE TO take care of my brother or sister next to me. I don't HAVE to think about how it's going to affect my family. I don't HAVE to think about the future. I'm only concentrated on me, right here, right now. Jesus Christ never said that. But He thought of a world who needed Him. Think of the predicament Mary was in. Think of the responsibility placed on Joseph. With the hearts that are devoted to God, His will, will be done in the lives of His people. Because we realize that tremendous sacrifice that Jesus Christ made in humbling Himself by leaving behind the servants and the attendants of heaven, who were created to do His will. By coming into this world, not owning a home, not having a place to call His own, relying on the kindness of strangers, and the kindness of His friends for His life and His support. And yet those same disciples, were the ones who in His darkess hour, deserted Him. Left him alone, to do the Father's will. And even when Jesus was questioned by Pilate, as to whether He was a king, He responded: I AM a King ... but not of this world and I have at my disposal thousands of angels and if that were what God desired, they would be here to fight. But that was not God's will. It was God's will, that He would be the uncomplaining Lamb ... alone and solitary. Sacrificed once for all for the sins of all people. And He accomplished what the Father sent Him to do. And there we rejoice. And there we find our comfort ... because you and I know that we struggle each and every day to live according to God's will. Sometimes we blatantly defy Him ... and say: I'm NOT going to do Your will. Sometimes we just neglect it. And think, well maybe I'll get to it tomorrow. We don't always follow what God has asked of us. But yet, we are here because we find comfort in the forgiveness of our sins. It's here that we find the strengthening of our faith and the encouragment to live our life of love to God. What we do this morning, we have to take with us this afternoon and continue it tomorrow and the day after as we remind ourselves of that great sacrifice that Christ made ... that He became flesh ... and lived among us, is the tremendous blessing of God. That He died in our place for the forgiveness of our sins. It's where we find our comfort and our joy. And that each and every day in response to that, by the Holy Spirit we live a life of faith dedicated to Christ in this body fulfilling God's will, waiting for that day when He is going to come as our great King and give us our glorified bodies so that eternally we may do His will proclaim and praise His Holy Name for having accomplished His salvation, having accomplished and given to us the fruit of our faith ... eternal life. This week we celebrate ... Christ's birth ... knowing His death. Looking forward to the time when He is going to end this world and come in judgment. And each and every day that we are in these mortal bodies, may we give praise ... to Christ, who took on this human flesh. Who accomplished the Father's will ... Who sacrificed Himself, for OUR sins, so that we, in turn, can live in faith. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 28 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Dec 23, 2009

Christ became flesh doing the Father's will and forgiveness and peace are ours because of His obedience.

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